By our correspondent .
APRIL 30 2021
The much hyped farmers’ driven elections for tea factory directors have been peacefully conducted in the larger Gusii region.
This was occasioned by government reforms in the sub sector amid grumbling from Kenya Tea Development Agency.
In Gucha South,the farmers picked directors to represent them in six tea zones each at Tendere primary school.
The exercise adopting the queue method saw the farmers reject former discredited directors vowing to support the government to benefit from the cash crop.
Returning officer, Peter Angwenyi,explained the farmers have elected their directors who will report for duty on May 3 2021 irrespective of threats from some quarters.
He vowed the farmers were set to graduate from self imposed poverty to wealth through prudent management of their tea.
Ombasa Omweno from Bomachoge Borabu zone pledged to ensure tea prices for farmers in Nyanza and Western regions were improved same to their counterparts in central and rift.
In Nyaribari Masaba and Nyaribari Chache tea zones,Anyona Ombaki,an official of Small Scale Tea Farmers lobby expressed satisfaction with the manner in which the elections were held.
He commended the government for its commitment to uplift the welfare of tea farmers after years of exploitation by former factory managements.